‘Sicilian Ghost Story’ is a movie written and directed by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, and, on May 18th, it will be the first Italian production, after 55 editions of the festival, to ever have the honor of opening the Semaine de la Critique at Cannes International Film Festival.
Billed as a Brothers Grimm meets Cosa Nostra, the movie tells the story of Giuseppe, a boy of 13, kidnapped from his little Sicilian village at the edge of a forest because he is the son of a Mafia boss. Luna, his classmate who loves him, refuses to accept his mysterious disappearance; she rebels against the code of silence and complicity that surround her, and to find him she ventures into the dark world that has swallowed him up and which has a lake as its mysterious entrance.
About ‘Sicilian Ghost Story the authors stated: “With this movie we wanted a fable set in a Sicily never explored before, a Sicily dreamed of. A Grimm brothers’ world of forests and ogres, which collides with the plan of reality our land is inevitably carrying.”
Produced by Cristaldi Pictures, Indigo Film, and MACT Productions the movie’s screenplay in 2016 was among the winners of the Sundance Institute Global Film making Award; and in that occasion Grassadonia and Piazza said: “We are so honored to receive such a prestigious international prize, in recognition of our screenplay for ‘Sicilian Ghost Story. It was not to be taken for granted that such a quintessentially Sicilian story would resonate so far from our country.” The fact the movie will open the International Critics’ Week in Cannes is a further proof of the important value of the authors work.
Ilona Catani Scarlett